I just got back from the press conference in which Sen. Bond announced his endorsement of Rudy Giuliani. Bond explained that he chose Giuliani because of his performance as mayor of New York City in which he fought spending, cut taxes, and turned around a city that had been a “crime-laden symbol of urban decay.” Bond said Giuliani’s performance on 9/11 “showed the kind of leadership Rudy Giuliani could provide.” Also, he said Giuliani is the one who best understands the terrorist threat. “America is hungry for a President who will say what he means, and do what he says,” Bond said.
Asked about Giuliani’s views on abortion, Bond emphasized Giuliani’s support for parental notification, the ban on partial birth abortion, and the appointment of strict constructionist judges.
Sen. Norm Coleman, who endorsed Giuliani yesterday, was also on hand. Coleman emphasized their shared background as mayors as being a motivating factor in his decision. In a bit of an odd statement, Coleman said though he is a Senator, “I still have mayor written on my underwear.” His point, though, was he knows that as mayor you have to be focused on results, because if there’s a problem–as minor as snow not being cleared on the streets–you’ll know about it. He said of Giuliani’s acomplishments as mayor that, “the revitilization of New York City was a miracle.” He also emphasized Giuliani’s strength on the terrorism issue. “I will sleep very calmly at night knowing that Rudy Giuliani is in the White House,” he said.